The ingenious author of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore and a brilliant illustrator and production designer of the Coraline movie have created a hilarious, touching picture book perfect for young animal lovers. Sparky stars a pet who has more to offer than meets the eye. When our narrator orders a sloth through the mail, the creature that arrives isn't good at tricks or hide-and-seek ...or much of anything. Still, there's something about Sparky that is irresistible.

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"One of the wonderful things about this book is that there is no surprise ending. A sloth is a sloth. The show is as deadly dull as one would—or should—expect....The enticing watercolor-and-pencil art, mostly in soft shades of browns and burgundies and featuring the artist’s hand lettering, captures a range of emotions, at least from the humans. Furry, flat-nosed Sparky, on the other hand, just is, and that, as it turns out, is enough." -- Ilene Cooper, Booklist


Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Jenny Offill
Illustrator Chris Appelhans
ISBN 0375870237
Publication Date Mar 11, 2014
Publisher Schwartz & Wade
Language English